After beating Newcastle United to the signing of the French international QPR would have felt confident in his ability to score the goals that keeps them up. However his injury record could have told a different story. Will it cost them?
QPR have certainly invested in their Premier League survival with big money signings such as Christopher Samba arriving at the club this January. Along with Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas he impressed in the 0-0 draw against Norwich City at Loftus Road this weekend and while they would have been disappointed not to have come away with a win after Adel Taarabt saw his penalty well saved by Mark Bunn overall there was positives to take; in particular from new recruits. Except where was Loic Remy?
The French international is the man being tasked with getting the goals that will help QPR survive during the end-of-season run-in and things looked so far so good after he grabbed a debut goal against West Ham United.
However the £8 million signing will now face a spell on the side-lines after injuring his groin in training. QPR fans and management will await news of just how long that will be as he undergoes scans to determine the severity on what is either a groin strain or a groin tear. A strain will see him out for a little while but a tear; that genuinely could be the majority of the season.
QPR must have known that Remy has hardly been blessed with a good injury record recently in particular when it comes to the groin and thigh area. The two muscles are often injured co-dependently and judging by Remy having recent troubles with thigh tears and strains you have to wonder whether QPR would have been better off splashing their cash elsewhere.
Remy missed Euro 2012 after he suffered a nasty thigh injury against Auxerre in May. He missed most of pre-season and the first game of Ligue 1 before making his return from the problem in August but he later suffered a minor recurrence of the problem in November that kept him out for two weeks.
While the hope will remain that his latest problem with muscular injuries is something more like the latter; a two week absence; that is still not good enough. He has already missed one game where QPR will feel they dropped two points and missing their next two fixtures, against Swansea and Manchester United could see QPR take just the one point from a potential nine. With Bobby Zamora also unreliable due to his return from a hip injury and Andrew Johnson now expected to miss the rest of the season just where exactly are QPR’s goals going to come from? Jay Bothroyd, Jamie Mackie, DJ Campbell?
QPR most hope that Remy’s recent injury woes do not punish them with relegation or it will become clear that the £8 million spent may as well have been flushed down the pan.
Do you think QPR should have looked for a more reliable striker considering Remy’s recent injury problems?
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